TLA set to sustain Wakefield

TLA set to sustain Wakefield

Turning Lives Around (TLA) has been appointed the sole provider of The Housing Sustainment Pathway in Wakefield, the first time the organisation has won a contract outside Leeds.

Sustain Wakefield will help people to maintain their accommodation and will prevent homelessness.

TLA, which changed its name from Leeds Housing Concern in April, won the contract based on its track record of successfully preventing homelessness for vulnerable people and those at the margins of society through innovative support.

Based in St Catherine Church Centre, Belle Vue, Sustain Wakefield will support 175 single clients, 60 couples and families across the Wakefield District. Sustain Wakefield will help clients to:

  • keep and maintain their existing accommodation
  • access benefits and budget better
  • develop housing management and social skills

Clients will be encouraged to work with landlords, family mediation and plan around better access to health services, training and employment. TLA will also make referrals or signpost to other agencies where needed.

In addition to a team of support workers, there is a peer support co-ordinator providing integral peer support and befriending with the aim of reducing social isolation amongst clients through a network of peer supporters.

Chief Executive, Janet Spencer, is optimistic Sustain Wakefield is the first of many new contracts for TLA outside its home Leeds base.

“Our ethos of supporting those at the margins of society runs dep through TLA and touches everything we have ever done,” she said. “TLA impressed commissioners in Wakefield of our capabilities and experience in providing high quality services that make a real difference to those who need them most."

"It is our first contract outside Leeds and I am sure it will be the first of many,” she added.